One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they were reviled as slavish lackeys of the government’
servile, subservient, fawning, obsequious, sycophantic, excessively deferential, toadying, ingratiating, unctuous, grovelling, cringing, toadyish, sycophantish, abject, craven, humble, Uriah Heepish, self-abasing
informal slimy, bootlicking, sucky, soapy, forelock-tugging
North American informal brown-nosing, apple-polishing
British vulgar slang arse-licking, bum-sucking
North American vulgar slang kiss-ass, ass-kissing, suckholing
2‘a slavish copying of medieval motifs’
unoriginal, uninspired, unimaginative, uninventive, non-innovative, imitative, derivative
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